Johan Cruyff: Dutch legend claims Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Johan Cruyff: Dutch legend claims Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

- Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as the ‘father of modern football’

- Before his death, the Dutch legend claimed Messi is more of a team-player than his fierce rival, Cristiano Ronaldo

- Cruyff died on March 24, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff aired his opinion about the lingering debate as regards who the better player is between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Cruyff who died in 2016 is widely regarded as the 'father of modern football' and he opted for the Argentine star as the better between the pair.

The fierce rivals have dominated the football space for more than a decade as they split eleven Ballon d’Or titles between themselves.

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Johan Cruyff who played for Barcelona and Ajax during his lifetime had in 2015 said Messi is more of a team-player, while claiming Ronaldo is a goal scorer.

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"I've always liked technical players because I've been a bit like that. Cristiano is a great player, but he's just a goalscorer.

"Messi is much more a team player than Cristiano is. He scores but also produces many assists. For me, as a player, Messi is better. There is a big difference in being just a great goalscorer and being the best player," he said.

Johan Cruyff: Dutch legend claims Messi is more of a team-player than Ronaldo
Johan Cruyff in action during his playing days. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Celta Vigo which eventually ended 2-2, Spanish star Nolito stated that Lionel Messi is so blessed that he doesn’t need the gym to achieve anything in football, adding that God touched the Argentine with the magic wand.

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The Barcelona captain has been regarded as the best player ever to grace the football pitch and he has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or six times, more than any other footballer.

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